Most people, however, think that solid leadership and better management would come from Yahoo selling itself. 2008 found Yahoo in and out of negotiations with interested buyers, ironically the most significant of which are Google and Microsoft. But price is a problem, so as Yahoo’s esteemed view of itself. It refuses to admit that it has lost much of the value it had in 2000, or even 2005. Microsoft seems the most likely to be persistent in its bids. Other possibilities include merging with either Google or AOL. I am rooting for getting Microsoft at the Yahoo helm. For three reasons:
Yahoo was the first big name in Internet search. Since it started in 1995, Yahoo almost became synonymous with the World Wide Web, and soon lorded the search market. Even before half of the world’s current 500 million Internet users even knew what WWW is, Yahoo was the Internet’s most popular and most visited Web site. Its strength was such that Yahoo! survived the dotcom bubble in the late 90s and early this millennium, selling shares at a high of $118.75 per share, a fate not shared by virtually 99% of dotcoms.
I have been seeing a lot of tech blogs reporting about the leak of Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system over the past weekend.
It seems that beta versions of Windows 7 are now available for download at various torrent sites and P2P file sharing networks.
Rumors have it that Microsoft is looking to reduce its workforce by 15% to 17% (depending on where you look) starting on Jan. 15. For a company that employs almost a hundred thousand people, that is quite a big round of layoffs. Reportedly, Microsoft has already told its employees of the plans to get rid of some of them, but it was not clear which departments, teams and regions are going to be affected the most.
The overall worldwide breakdown of web browsers according to percentage of users. This data was for the year 2009. Internet Explorer is the most preferred browser with 66.6 percent, followed by Mozilla FireFox with 23.3 percent, Apple Safari with 4.1 percent, Google Chrome with 2.9 percent, and Opera with 2.1 percent.
With Google’s entry into the browser market in September 2008, the browser wars not only became more intense, it also saw a worthy addition in the battleground.
Google Chrome’s initial claim to fame was the speed with which it loaded Web pages, reliability and several unique features like detachable tabs and its Omnibox. Mozilla, at least, has taken note of these innovations and has incorporated it in its latest Firefox version.
Experts and industry watchers, however, agree that it is premature to judge the Chrome browser just yet. Google has made it clear that it is not out to compete with Firefox, Opera and Internet Explorer. Instead, it is creating a new platform for new applications that are currently poorly or not supported by current browser technologies. In time, Chrome would become the platform for traditionally offline programs like word processors and spreadsheets. In short, Chrome would be everybody’s online desktop, with applications that runs at par or better than its offline counterparts.
Firefox, on the other hand, has enjoyed a loyal following over the years. Firefox’s strong suit has always been its customizability and a powerful array of add-ons, and it continues to capitalize on that advantage with the soon-to-be released Firefox 3.1.
This early, developers at Mozilla have announced that the TraceMonkey platform will be beating Chrome’s reputed speed, along with other features that would match Chrome’s innovations.
One thing though that Firefox still has is its higher crash potential, and security issues.
Security issues are what has been plaguing the Internet Explorer since news broke out years ago that IE has some serious security flaws. With IE8 currently in its second beta, with the full version set to be released by the end of the year, IE aims to be the most reliable and safest browser available.
IE has enjoyed the biggest pie of the browser market for years, precisely because Microsoft bundled it on every PC. This makes IE a very attractive platform for outside developers.
IE8 also boasts of a no-record browsing, and has since added some of the innovations we’ve seen in Firefox and Chrome: an Omnibox-like address bar, and add-ons.IE, however, have been found to be slower than both Firefox and Chrome, and it tends to use a lot of memory. Crash potential is higher too.
All versions of IE, Firefox and Chrome are in test stages. Until the full releases are out, it might be a tad too early to judge which of the three would come out best. For now, however, each has its own strengths and weaknesses. In the final analysis, it is the individual browsers benefit from having more browsers to choose from and have a browser that would fit their needs.
With the launch of iGoogle’s new look, Google has once again highlighted its array of gadgets or widgets. Google Gadgets are nifty little applications that one can add to his or her desktop, homepage and now iGoogle page. With content developed by Google and other user-developed gadgets now totaling a little less than 50,000, the range of available gadgets is varied.
From news and information, to weight loss tips and relationships advice, to games, to gadgets that link to a third-party site like Wikipedia and YouTube, to weather updates, quotes, and comic strips, to productivity gadgets like calendars and to-do lists, to communication gadgets, the possibilities are endless.
Currently, the most popular Google gadgets, according to iGoogle’s Hottest Gadgets page, includes
- Google Calendar,
- two news sites,
- Words of Christ,
- Fact or Fiction, Stingray ,
- two gadgets track tropical storms,
- one posts sticky notes on your desktop,
- two answer widgets,
- a virtual pet gadget,
- and two games gadgets.
Basically a mix of useful, interesting, and entertaining sites. A far cry from what had been the top ten Google Gadgets in March 2007, which included seven gadgets developed in-house, one for Wikipedia and another for YouTube. The trend now seems to lean on user-generated gadgets that feature interesting content, instead of content that can be readily searched by going to the site itself (like videos for YouTube, or the top news from CNN).
With the smorgasbord of gadgets now available and being added daily, it is quite difficult to turn up as a favorite gadget, much more as a popular gadget. The key to being on the list of Google’s most famous gadgets is to be found in the listing before the browser gets bored. Inherently, your gadget must be unique, useful, entertaining and can keep somebody’s interest day after day after day. Ironically, to be on top of the heap of personalization and customization applications, one’s gadget must have mass appeal.
You can see, read, review, and download several Google Gadgets here.
Yahoo and Microsoft’s merger has been in the news since 2007. It has since failed and has been re-opened. While nothing much has been happening as far the merger goes, Microsoft and Yahoo are both key players in their own areas. A marriage between these two giants would create a veritable company that could influence the future of the Web and the behavior of other key players in the computing world, both offline and online.
If you’ve been in an appliance center in the recent months, you’ve probably noticed that flat screen TVs have taken more and more room, pushing their Jurassic CRT cousins into the background. If you’re looking to buy a new TV and have the budget for it, you might be wondering what’s right for you: plasma or LCD TV?Unless you have eyes like the hawk, picture quality between plasma and LCD TVs should be just about the same.
Recent media reports have said that three manufacturers of LCD flat-panel screens were fined almost $600 million in an anti-trust suit. Except for the fines attached, there is nothing really surprising about companies engaging in price fixing and informal cartels. What catches one’s attention, however, is the comments that LCD prices would have gone down faster have it not been for the efforts of these three companies.
It started around two to three years ago, when subprime mortgage holders started defaulting on payments that lead to a lot of foreclosures. The defaults soon affected banks and other financial institutions creating a cycle of higher interest rates and more defaults and foreclosures. In short order, the problem became a crisis. And from subprime real estate lending, it spread to investment grade real estate loans, and soon engulfed the rest of the United States economy. Not surprisingly, a troubled United States economy soon brought down stock markets around the globe.